On the sites of ancient Isthmia - near the narrow land connection between the Peloponnese and the Greek mainland - American archaeologist have been busy for several months, excavating a theatre-stadium and exploring two cave temples.
GV Isthmian Canal at Corinth
CU Sign "Isthmia"
GV The theatre excavation site
SV Dr Elizabeth Gebhard brushing a piece of marble
LV Sand from site shovelled into trucks
STV Parts of the odeon
LV Dr Broneer and Miss Gebhard inspect excavation
LV Entrance to caves
STV Assistant brushing sand from inscription on cave floor.
SV Archaeologist works inside cave
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Background: On the sites of ancient Isthmia - near the narrow land connection between the Peloponnese and the Greek mainland - American archaeologist have been busy for several months, excavating a theatre-stadium and exploring two cave temples.
Carried out under the direction of Dr Oscar Broneer, Professor of Classical Studies at Chicago University, and his assistants, Dr John Hathery and Dr Elizabeth Gebhard, the excavation of the theatre is now complete. It is thought to have been built between 200 and 150 BC, to be used for the Isthmian Games.
Most interesting among the finds at Isthmia are two caves, dating back to fourth century BC, which have yielded a treasure of archaeologically significant objects including amphorae, vases, lamps and implements. In the opinion of Dr Broneer, these caves were used as cult centres for the Mystery rites of Isthmia. They were found near temples dedicated to the worship of Demeter, Dionysios and Artemis.